Duran Duran's new album Danse Macabre is the band's 16th studio album inspired by their spooktacular 2022 Halloween show in Las Vegas. The album is an outstanding meld of old, new, and remastered tracks, where some impressive special guests joined the band for the latest release.
The band, which led the Second British Invasion of the United States in the 1980s, celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2023. Throughout the years, the band's lineup has changed, seeing members come and go and some returning. The new album showcases four of the five original members who made up the band: lead vocalist Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, and drummer Roger Taylor, along with current guitarist Dominic Brown.
Dance Macabre also features the talents of original guitarist Andy Taylor, who has made headlines recently during his battle with stage four prostate cancer. Also featured is former guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and long-time friend of the band Nile Rodgers. Another exciting addition to the album is bassist Victoria De Angelis of the band Måneskin.
Duran Duran's Danse Macabre album songs
The new album consists of 13 tracks with fantastic reworks of nostalgic tracks like "Nightboat" from their 1981 self-titled debut album. Fans will also recognize "Secret Oktober," the B-side of "Union of the Snake" single released in 1983. "Super Lonely Freak" is a fun cover mashing Rick James' "Super Freak" with Duran's "Lonely In My Nightmare." The inclusion of a new version of "Love Voudou" from The Wedding Album is another excellent addition.
The band also created a rework of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" that will never replace the original but is an eerie take on the song, fitting for the spooky vibe of the album. Other covers include "Supernatural" by Marc Cerrone, Billie Elilish's "Bury A Friend," and "Ghost Town," originally performed by the ska band The Specials. The spooky vibe was enhanced by adding a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees "Spellbound."
One of the stand-out tracks is the cover of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," a bass-heavy remaster that perfectly respects the original with a Duran twist. Taylor and De Angelis (Måneskin) add a funky edge with their double bass production.
Don't miss the new album Danse Macabre by Duran Duran; listen everywhere you stream music.